I just found this web site and hope I can get some advice/help. I have never had any problems with balance before so what happened to me was very unexpected. As my usual routine goes, I got up for work on March 10 when my alarm went off, went into the bathroom and immediately fell on my face into the wall. I hit a chair on my way down. I had no warning so I wasn't able to catch myself. I ended up at the hospital and ended up with two of the ugliest purple/black eyes I've ever seen. I am recovering from that now, but I still have a 'knot' on my forehead just where the eyebrow starts. Anyway, I have been extremely dizzy and lightheaded since that day. I was told that I was dehydrated and my blood pressure was too high. (I take blood pressure medication daily and my pressure had been just fine or so I thought). They gave me two IV bags of fluids, did a CT of my head, an EKG and blood work. The tests came back fine (except the dehydration) so they sent me home. I followed up with my primary doctor and was given an additional blood pressure medication, along with low dose valium. The valium did not help. I have been trying antihistamines with no luck either. I have had an MRI that was OK as well. I was sent to an ENT specialist and have not been given a diagnosis. However, two days ago I was put on a patch (transderm 1.5 mg Scopolamine), but the side effects were hives and made me more dizzy than I was before I applied it, so I stopped that medication. My symptoms are hard to explain, but when I get an attack, I literally feel like I am going to pass out, but then I'm back before it happens, it's like a 'wave' that comes over my body and then it's gone after several seconds. I never know when it's going to happen. It happens when I am laying down, sitting, standing, walking, so I can't really say that it happens more or less in any given situation. All I know is that it is becoming very disabling for me. I haven't been able to go back to work because of this and I don't know what to do. My primary doctor recommends that I return to the ENT which I will do, but right now I feel like they don't really know what to do for me. I have tried the exercises that I found on the internet and will keep doing them in hopes for some improvement. I sure hope this goes away........Thank you.
Thanks for your response. I would say when I have the dizziness, it is more like a wave of lightheadedness than actually a spinning feeling, but my balance is terrible like I've had a few too many drinks. Then it passes until the next time which I don't know when that will be. I do have some high-pitched ringing in my ears (It's hard to tell, but I think it's in my right ear mostly). I have tried the Epley maneuver with directions I found on the internet, but I'm a little scared to keep doing other ones like the Brandt-Daroff because I'm not certain exactly what's going on and I don't want to make myself worse then I am. When I went to the ENT, he called my primary doctor while I was there because my blood pressure was so high, so that's when my primary added another blood pressure medication to the other two I'm already taking, but now my blood pressure seems a little too low 99/55, pulse 54. I don't think my primary doctor knows what to do with me so he refers me back to the ENT but I hate to keep bothering him. He's the one who put me on the patch but that made me feel really dizzy and sick. I don't understand why a doctor precribes a medicine that has a side effect that is what you are already suffering with. I don't think they really know what to do. I really feel empathy for all those out there that are having the some problem I'm having now. I feel totally helpless and have so many things I want to do but I don't feel well enough to even drive myself to the store.
Did you have the high-pitch ringing (tinnitus) before you started getting dizzy spells? Does the tinnitus get worse with dizzy spells?
The Brandt Daroff maneuvers and Epley maneuver wont hurt you. It is possible that you have BPPV, but this typically induces spinning vertigo, which you dont have. However, you might want to continue the Epley maneuver a few times on both ears just to rule out this possibility to some degree. This may not be necessary, but I would do it just to be sure...
It sounds like this may be related to you blood pressure. How about asking to see a cardiologist?
The ringing in my ears started after the dizziness started. Sometimes it seems louder than other times, but hasn't gone away yet. I guess I'll have to just get used to that, but hope the dizziness goes away. I was sitting in the recliner chair this morning and all I did was yawn and that triggered an attack of dizziness. I'll keep doing the exercises and go back to the ENT specialist next week. I'll be much better by then. Thanks for your advice. I will ask for a referral to a cardiologist if I'm not any better. Thanks again.
Since the tinnitus started after the dizziness, this is an important diagnostic cue for the cause of the dizziness. Given this bit of information, I would focus on seeing an ENT or otologiest/neurotologist because it sounds like your problem is related to the ear, rather than the cardiovascular system.
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